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I ’ll admit it, we highlight a lot of expensive cars. From Paul Newman’s $80,000 brick last week to Mercedes-Benz’s $142M 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe last year, a spit take–inducing dollar figure tends to grab attention. But we like cheap cars, too, and there are some weeks when a low price stands out more than a record-breaking one.

Such is the case with this Toyota Crown: 3700 pounds of pillowy soft, range-topping JDM luxury magnificence with V-8 power, rear-wheel drive, and even an air purifier to keep back-seat passengers breathing clean as they enjoy their sprawling fields of legroom.

Expensive, no?

In fact, it changed hands on Cars&Bids for $6314. That figure sounds more like a few months’ budget for groceries (thanks, inflation) than the winning bid for a rare, vintage luxury car, but here we are.

Toyota Crown Sedan front three quarter
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The vehicle in question is a 1995 Toyota Crown Majesta. The Crown has been Toyota’s mainstream domestic (read: native to Japan) sedan for decades. In fact, it’s Toyota’s longest-running model and one that spawned other royal headwear-themed models like Corona and Tiara. Corolla even means “small crown” in Latin, and Camryis derived from a Japanese phrase for “little crown.” The “Majesta,” however, is the upmarket version and Toyota’s flagship model in many countries.

The second-generation Majesta, also known as the S150, debuted in 1995 with the looks of a Lexus LS 400 that got rear-ended by a Cadillac, and it carried over Toyota’s 4.0-liter 1UZ V8 from the previous-generation Crown Majesta (and the Lexus LS). Just about any Toyota powertrain is robust, but there’s a twin-turbo version of the 1UZ that’s one of very few road-car engines certified by the FAA for use in an airplane.

How’s that for reliability?

Toyota Crown Sedan rear three quarter
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Speaking of aviation, this thing really flew under the radar at just above six grand. Sure, it isn’t perfect. At 106,700 km (66,300 miles), it shows the expected bumps and scrapes. There are splits in the dash top, the paint on the left side doors doesn’t match, and the tires need replacing. The car also has air suspension, and though no issues are reported, any air-suspension system is expensive to repair.

But let’s move on to the “pros” column.

This Majesta already has a U.S. title, so there’s no confusing import paperwork. Being a high-spec cruiser, it is also remarkably well-equipped, especially for the ’90s. Wood interior trim, power-adjustable front and rear seats, all-digital gauges, head-up display, automatic climate control with oscillating front vents, rear audio and climate control, and the aforementioned air purifier are all there to enjoy.

And just look at that interior, draped in more industrial gray carpet than a convention center. OK, maybe that upholstery choice is more of a con than a pro, but at least it’s in very good shape, and the floor mats do have a nifty wave pattern on them.

There also don’t appear to be any modifications to the car.

Toyota Crown Sedan digital speedometer
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Bottom line: We like the car and we like the sale result. In a collector-car market (especially for Japanese classics) that is coming out of a superheated couple of years, it’s always nice to see a bargain, even if for a car that most people on the road see as just an old, refrigerator-white Toyota with the steering wheel on the wrong side.

The new owner, though, has a fun, usable, comfortable, and downright interesting classic with JDM street cred, all for the price of a project car.




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